So, losing sleep over things I blogged about yesterday, I thought I'd get up and be the first to post on the Friday Five. Much to my dismay there were 11 other posts ahead of me. You really have to get up early to get the jump on this group!
1. How many times have you moved? When was the last time?
In a lifetime? Oh let me take off my slippers and count on my fingers and toes.... 14 lifetime moves. The last one was 6 months ago.
2. What do you love and hate about moving?
Moving always poses a time to begin again. There is hope that things like the spice cupboard will stay organized or that there will never be a hurtful word said in the new place.
Mostly moving is a PITA. While there were times when I was in college that some moves fit into my Toyota Corolla, these days I don't like being reminded of all the things I lug around.
3. Do you do it yourself or hire movers?
I've always moved myself, but after breaking the 40 yr old barrier and aquiring heavier and heavier "stuff", I've hired a mover for the last two moves.
4. Advice for surviving and thriving during a move?
Where you are moving a short distance, move the things that mean the most to you yourself. If you drop Aunt Tillie's glass urn and scatter her ashes all over Bellview Blvd. you can bless the mess yourself.
Don't eat too much junk food. On our last move. Father and #1 daughter stayed at one house to supervise the going out and #2 daughter and I went ahead to oversee the move in at the new place. Father/Daughter dined on fast food for days and felt crummy for it where as Mother/Daughter ate fruit and basic peanut butter sandwitches and did not have the yucky feelings. That said, this is a perfect time for a nice dinner out and a movie to escape for a while.
5. Are you in the middle of any inner moves, if not outer ones?
Well, there is the basic grow or shrivel up, but it would take something enourmous to get me to move house at this point. One additional observation is that I tend to think of myself as a rooted person, not moving much. My youngest's impression is that her life has been a series of moves. She was young when we moved across country to go to seminary and this vocation is a rootless one.
Bonus: Share a piece of music/poetry/film/book that expresses something about what moving means to you.
The movie "The Money Pit". I havn't seen it in a while but one sees the downside to the fixer uper in the country.